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Padres begin signing undrafted free agents

The Padres aren’t wasting any time reeling in undrafted free agents.

As the dead period expired Sunday morning, the Padres had agreements in place with a handful of players who were not selected in this week’s five-round draft, including Army-committed shortstop Sam Rua, the Union-Tribune confirmed.

ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel first reported Ruta’s deal $20,000 deal with the Padres, a limit imposed across the board for undrafted free agents by Major League Baseball when it slashed the amateur draft from 40 rounds to five.

Ruta is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, left-handed hitter out of Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa.